Witchman


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Explorimenting Beats (Deviant, 1997), 7/10
Heavy Traffic (Deviant, 1998), 7/10 (comp)
Inferno (Invisible, 1999), 5/10
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John Roome was the member of an industrial outfit before launching his own Witchman project with a series of revolutionary EPs: Main Vein (Leaf, 1995), Shape Of Rage (Leaf, 1996), States Of Mind (Blue Angel, 1996), double EP Nightmare Alley (1997), Heavy Mental. Inspired by Swans and Techno Animal, Withcman's drum'n'bass is contaminated with gothic, techno, industrial, dub, hip hop and ambient music. Heavy Mental and Bone Music are ambitious compositions, while Destiny, Offworld, Hammerhead, Hand Of God, Chemical Noir revel in expressionistic tones. Besides the eclectic mix of elements and the dark edge, what makes these EPs unique is that the sound is inflated with tons of electronic effects. They will be collected on the double-CD anthology Heavy Traffic (Deviant, 1998).

The first album, Explorimenting Beats (Deviant, 1997), continues the exploration of the dark lands of jungle with complex and atmospheric pieces like Post Trauma Blues and Light At The Edge.

Inferno (Invisible, 1999) is a collaboration with Jamming UNit.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Matteo Gentile)

John Roome stato membro di un gruppo industriale prima di lanciare il suo progetto Witchman con una serie di EP rivoluzionari: Main Vein (Leaf, 1995), Shape Of Rage (Leaf, 1996), States Of Mind (Blue Angel, 1996), il doppio EP Nightmare Alley (1997) e Heavy Mental . Ispirato agli Swans e al duo Techno Animal, il drum'n'bass di Withcman contaminato da musica gotica, techno, industriale, dub, hip hop e ambient. Heavy Mental e Bone Music sono composizioni ambiziose, mentre Destiny , Offworld , Hammerhead , Hand Of God e Chemical Noir gozzovigliano in toni espressionistici. Oltre all'eclettico mix di elementi e all'atmosfera cupa, ci che rende unici questi EP che il suono viene gonfiato con tonnellate di effetti elettronici. Queste tracce saranno poi raccolte nell'antologia del doppio CD Heavy Traffic (Deviant, 1998). Il primo album, Explorimenting Beats (Deviant, 1997), continua l'esplorazione delle terre oscure della jungle con pezzi complessi e d'atmosfera come Post Trauma Blues e Light At The Edge . Inferno (Invisible, 1999) una collaborazione con Jamming Unit.

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